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It's architecture for the people at the 2014 National Architecture Awards

Community-oriented projects have dominated the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2014 National Architecture Awards, announced last night at a ceremony hosted by Myf Warhurst at the Darwin Convention Centre.

Projects honoured include a housing project with an emphasis on communal spaces, a mental health facility with a welcoming domestic feel, a primary school that provides a sanctuary for the culturally diverse local population and a pro bono surf club that celebrates the coastal features and protects an adjacent fairy penguin habitat.

In 2014, a total of 43 awards and commendations were given to 36 projects across the 12 national categories. The jury selected the winners, with each state and territory represented, from the 153 eligible projects that progressed from the Architecture Awards held by each chapter earlier in the year.

The jury, led by Immediate Past President Paul Berkemeier, was particularly impressed with the volume and calibre of public buildings in this year’s crop.

‘It is encouraging that so many projects embodied best practice with informed clients, effective procurement methods, appropriate funding models and intelligent architecture. This provides us with great optimism for the future of our public spaces – an area that has so often delivered dispiriting outcomes,’ Jury Chair Paul Berkemeier said.

UQ Advanced Engineering Building by Richard Kirk Architect HASSELL Joint Venture, took out the Public Architecture category winning the coveted Sir Zelman Cowen Award in addition to the Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture and an Award for Sustainable Architecture – making it the most awarded project of the night.

‘The architects have taken an extremely complex program – including teaching spaces, a 500-seat auditorium, laboratories, research facilities and office spaces – and resolved a building that is not only exciting to inhabit, but also a delightful space to occupy,’ the jury said.

For the first time the Residential – Houses category was divided into two: new builds, and alterations and additions. House at Hanging Rock by Kerstin Thompson – ‘a house nestled into a steep slope and seamlessly integrating stringent bushfire requirements’ – secured the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New). The inaugural Australian Institute of Architects Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) was presented to WA practice Philip Stejskal Architecture for Bellevue Terrace Alterations + Additions.

Breathe Architecture received two Named Awards for its Melbourne project The Commons: the Frederick Romberg Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing and the David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture.

Another big winner on the night was the Prince Alfred Park + Pool Upgrade by Neeson Murcutt Architects in association with City of Sydney, which was presented with the Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design and an Award for Public Architecture. ‘This is a beautifully resolved urban project that skilfully integrates architecture, landscape and urban design, bringing vibrancy and new life to the city,’ the jury noted.

A beautifully designed boatshed and surf lifesaving club for the local community of Bicheno on the east coast of Tasmania by Birrelli art + design + architecture emerged as the clear winner of the Nicholas Murcutt Award for Small Project Architecture.

Reflecting on his jury experience, Paul Berkemeier commented ‘the number of new faces and emerging practitioners that we met, as well as the large number of women architects was a source of optimism. It was also wonderful to see so many clients who were thrilled by what their projects have delivered.’

Image: Advanced Engineering Building at UQ by Richard Kirk Architect and Hassell in joint venture. Photo: Peter Bennetts. 

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